Perpignan Cathedral

Perpignan, France

Perpignan Cathedral construction was begun in 1324 by King Sancho of Majorca, and later finished in the 15th century. It replaced the Cathedral of Elna, and therefore the church was at first the seat of the Bishop of Elne, and then, from 1602, of the Bishop of Perpignan.

The cathedral was built in the Catalan Gothic style, because of its association with the Kingdom of Majorca. It has a wide nave (80 meters long, 18 m wide, and 26 m tall) made of seven cross-vaults, and features a short transept and apse, whose vault features seven keys.

The cathedral's western façade was never finished. When being restored in the 19th and 20th centuries, the Gothic window of the façade was rebuilt, as it had previously been substituted by a simple rectangular opening. The façade also features a portico and clock-tower, which date from the 18th century.

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Founded: 1324
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Late Capetians (France)

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Adrian Steed (18 months ago)
Stunning place to visit and walk round
Peter Evans (18 months ago)
Beautiful building, good old fashioned Catholicism.
IAMFROMISTNBL (19 months ago)
Good to see but not must
Dimitar Georgiev (2 years ago)
A jewel full of history with a marvellous quarter of old houses around, worth a visit definitely
Leona Dufour (2 years ago)
BEAUTIFUL! There are various size candles for 1 or 2 euros. I go once a week to light candles for my loved ones and sit, pray and reflect for 10 minutes or more! Architecture and services are amazing. Built around a beautiful part of Perpignan.
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